Bruno Chief of Police

Bruno  Chief of Police
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Quercus Books
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2008
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Courrèges, Bruno (Fictitious character)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bruno Chief of Police Book Excerpt:

Captain Bruno Courreges goes by the grand title of Chief of Police, though in truth he's the only municipal policeman on staff in the small town of St Denis in the beautiful Perigord region of south west France. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. The law in St Denis and the farms and hamlets of its sprawling commune is not necessarily applied as Paris would like it. Bruno sees his job as protecting St Denis from its enemies, and these include the capital's bureaucrats and their EU counterparts in Brussels. Today is market day in the ancient town. Inspectors from Brussels have been swooping on France's markets, attempting to enforce EU hygiene rules. The locals call the Brussels' bureaucrats 'Gestapo' and Bruno supports their resistance. What's more, here in what was Vichy France, words like 'Gestapo' and 'resistance' still carry a profound resonance. When an old man, head of an immigrant North African family, is found viciously murdered - a swastika carved in his chest - the obvious conclusion is that this ritualistic killing must be racist, and that Le Front National is alive and well in the Dordogne. Suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrante playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia. But Bruno isn't convinced, and suspects this unusual crime may have its roots in that most tortured period of recent French history - the Second World War. A time of terror and betrayal that set brother against brother, it casts a very long shadow.

The Resistance Man

The Resistance Man
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2013-06-06
ISBN: 1780870736
Category: Cooking
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Resistance Man Book Excerpt:

'WALKER BRINGS TO LIFE A COMPLETE COMMUNITY AND THE CHIEF OF POLICE WHO IS ITS PROTECTOR, TEACHER AND FRIEND' - Literary Review In rural Dordogne, Bruno, Chief of Police, knows that WW2 casts the longest shadow. Rare bank notes are found, linking to the famous Neuvic train robbery of 1944 in the sixth internationally-bestselling case for France's favourite cop. In the small town of St Denis, Bruno, can't get a moment's rest. Some rare bank notes have come to light that may have links to the legendary Neuvic train robbery in 1944. The investigation is fraught with issues. Bruno is also dealing with a wave of local burglaries, which have brought his old flame, Isabelle - and their complicated history - back to the town. Worse is to come. Tasked with piecing together these past crimes, Bruno now finds he has the more pressing matter of a body on his hands. He must now trace the links between past and present to restore peace in his beloved town of St Denis.

Black Diamond

Black Diamond
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2010-07-29
ISBN: 1849169179
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Diamond Book Excerpt:

'MAKES YOU WANT TO BUY A PLANE TICKET AND IMMERSE YOURSELF IN DEEPEST FRANCE' Irish Independent Millions of readers worldwide are talking about the Dordogne Mysteries and their hero, Bruno, Chief of Police. Join them in this entertaining and compelling read and find out why the world of Bruno is so engaging. One of the glories of French cuisine leads to murder in this thrilling mystery set in the idyllic French town of St Denis. At the heart of French gastronomy lies the famed black truffle of the Périgord. But France's truffles are being adulterated with cheaper ones from China, and it seems that Chinese organised crime is behind the fraud. In St Denis market, a Vietnamese family has been selling their dishes for years, until their stall is wrecked by attackers who look Chinese. Again it appears that organised crime is behind the outrage, firing the opening shots of a Viet-Chinese triad war. When vicious murder, illegal immigration and the importation of underage girls for prostitution are added to the mix, Bruno has his work cut out to keep St Denis from tearing itself apart.

Death in the Dordogne

Death in the Dordogne
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-01-14
ISBN: 9781784299408
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Death in the Dordogne Book Excerpt:

EU inspectors are causing havoc in St Denis and local tempers are running high, but is it really cause for murder? The first acclaimed and internationally bestselling case for Bruno, Chief of Police. 'Hugely enjoyable and absolutely gripping. Martin Walker has got off to a flying start in what promises to be a great series. Bruno will be the Maigret of the Dordogne' Antony Beevor Market day in the ancient town of St Denis in south-west France. EU hygiene inspectors have been swooping on France's markets, while the locals hide contraband cheese in their houses and call the Brussels bureaucrats 'Gestapo'. Police Captain Bruno Courreges supports their resistance. Although, here in what was once Vichy France, words like 'Gestapo' and 'resistance' still carry a profound resonance. When an old man, head of an immigrant North African family, is found murdered, suspicion falls on the son of the local doctor, found in flagrante playing sex games surrounded by Nazi paraphernalia. But Bruno isn't convinced, and suspects this crime may have its roots in that most tortured period of recent French history - the Second World War, a time of terror and betrayal that set brother against brother. Now it's up to him to find the killer - but will the people of St Denis allow him to go digging through the past in order to do it?

Mysteries of the French Countryside Bruno Chief of Police The Dark Vineyard Black Diamond

Mysteries of the French Countryside  Bruno  Chief of Police  The Dark Vineyard  Black Diamond
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Everyman's Library
Total Pages: 740
Release: 2023-01-17
ISBN: 0593686063
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mysteries of the French Countryside Bruno Chief of Police The Dark Vineyard Black Diamond Book Excerpt:

From internationally acclaimed author Martin Walker comes the first three books in Mysteries of the French Countryside and an introduction to the world of Bruno, Chief of Police Benoît Courrèges, aka Bruno, is a policeman in St. Denis, a small town in the Périgord region of France. When trouble arises, Bruno is on the case, settling local disputes, tracking down lawbreakers, and solving tantalizing mysteries. From a disturbance in the wine business and threats against the truffle trade to murders of national and even international scale, Bruno deals with it all. In story after story, Walker weaves in familiar characters from past novels, whether they are helping Bruno on a case or helping him prepare a delicious meal. Mystery readers will delight in Bruno’s adventures, and hunger for more! “With Bruno in charge, there’s always time for one of those classic feasts that makes this series such a mouthwatering treat.”—The New York Times Book Review “Whether he’s preparing a gourmet dinner, enjoying a glass of wine, or solving a murder, it’s a pleasure to be in Bruno’s company.”—Publishers Weekly

The Dordogne Mysteries Bruno Chief of Police the early cases

The Dordogne Mysteries  Bruno  Chief of Police  the early cases
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2017-11-16
ISBN: 1787472930
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dordogne Mysteries Bruno Chief of Police the early cases Book Excerpt:

The first three cases for Bruno, Chief of Police of St Denis in the Dordogne. The perfect escapist read for a winter's night. 'The Maigret of the Dordogne' - Antony Beevor DEATH IN THE DORDOGNE Bruno investigates the death of a local North African patriarch, in a case whose solution may lie in that most fraught part of recent French history: the Second World War. St Denis was part of Vichy France, with a strong Resistance movement. Will the people of St Denis allow Bruno to dig up their past in order to find the killer? THE DARK VINEYARD A Californian wine producer is planning to set up a wine-making business in the St Denis valley. The locals aren't happy, and when a violent death occurs at the vineyard, Bruno will have to draw on all his local knowledge to reach the truth. BLACK DIAMOND The black truffles of the Dordogne are world-famous and extremely valuable. But their price is being driven down by cheaper, adulterated truffles from China, and it seems Chinese organised crime is behind the fraud. A vicious murder in St Denis points Bruno in the direction of the scam. Will he be able to sniff out the culprit, and find the killer? 'A satisfyingly intriguing, wish-you-were-here read' Guardian

The Dying Season

The Dying Season
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 342
Release: 2016-03-03
ISBN: 9781784295684
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dying Season Book Excerpt:

The Shooting at Chateau Rock

The Shooting at Chateau Rock
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2021-04-06
ISBN: 0525567062
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shooting at Chateau Rock Book Excerpt:

This installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno will take all of Bruno's resolve and quick thinking to untangle a mystery that will reach its deadly denouement at the château of an aging rock star. But in true Bruno fashion, at least lunchtime is never in danger. It’s summer in the Dordogne and the heirs of a modest sheep farmer learn that they have been disinherited. Their father’s estate has been sold to an insurance company in return for a policy that will place him in a five-star retirement home for the rest of his life. But the farmer dies before he can move in. Was it a natural death? Or was there foul play? Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges is soon on the case, embarking on an investigation that will lead him to several shadowy insurance companies owned by a Russian oligarch with a Cypriot passport. The arrival of the oligarch’s daughter in the Périgord only further complicates one of Bruno’s toughest cases yet.

A Taste for Vengeance

A Taste for Vengeance
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2019-03-07
ISBN: 9781786486158
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Taste for Vengeance Book Excerpt:

'THE MAIGRET OF THE DORDOGNE' ANTONY BEEVOR Bruno, now Chief of Police for the whole Vézère valley, has an unusual challenge to rise to: teaching at his friend Pamela's new cookery school. It is a daunting prospect - the disappearance of one of the school's pupils almost serves as a welcome distraction. When the woman's body is discovered in one half of a double homicide, the evidence points to something far out of the ordinary. The other murder victim is a man, covered in combat scars and with a false passport. Investigations reveal a list of enemies as long as Bruno's arm. Any one of them would have had good reason to kill him - but which group managed it? And how did they find him? As more of their mystery man's previous life is revealed, Bruno realizes that there may be more intended victims in the vicinity. Now he must conduct the biggest manhunt in St Denis' history to find the killers before they strike again.

The Coldest Case

The Coldest Case
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 337
Release: 2022-07-12
ISBN: 0525567070
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Coldest Case Book Excerpt:

An anonymous skull, an unsolved murder, sinister rumors from the Cold War era of espionage—Bruno's investigation into a long-standing cold case finds him caught between an enigmatic winegrower and a menacing Communist organization from the past. After attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning. The investigation quickly turns thorny and leads Bruno to a reclusive vintner, Henri Bazaine, whose education at a vocational school in a formerly Communist region has raised some eyebrows. An inquiry into the defunct school turns up shadowy reports of possible connections and funding from the Stasi, the repressive police agency of the former East Germany. The scrutiny on Henri intensifies once Bruno discovers that he was declared dead thirty years ago and has been living under an assumed name ever since. The strange case is further complicated as Parisian bureaucrats get involved, hinting that essential diplomatic relations might be at stake. And to make matters even worse, the Dordogne is suffering from an intense summer drought that is sparking fires across the region. But as always, Bruno will keep a cool head through it all--and, bien sûr, takes time to enjoy a sumptuous Périgordian meal!

The Chocolate War

The Chocolate War
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 18
Release: 2018-05-15
ISBN: 0525564535
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Chocolate War Book Excerpt:

Early on summer mornings, police chief Bruno enjoys wandering the stalls of the weekly market in the village of St. Denis as they are being loaded with wares—ducks, oysters, wooden toys, used books, exotic teas and now, even miniskirts and cellphone cases. St. Denis is changing. But when Bruno’s old friend Léopold from Senegal and his young nephew Cali start selling African coffee and chocolate more cheaply than Bruno’s old friend Fauquet at his café across the square—Fauquet starts to lose his clientele and a competition erupts between the vendors. As a local taxpayer, Fauquet seeks protection against unfair competition while Leopold and Cali seek the right to do business fairly and protection from the anti-immigrant café-owners in nearby towns. As the rivalry escalates, it’s up to Bruno to find a way for the neighbors of St. Denis to make peace. A Vintage Shorts original. An ebook short.

The Patriarch

The Patriarch
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2016-09-06
ISBN: 0804173516
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Patriarch Book Excerpt:

Another delightful installment in the delightful, internationally acclaimed series featuring Chief of Police Bruno: Bruno Courrèges is thrilled when he receives an invitation to the lavish birthday celebration of his childhood hero, World War II flying ace Marco “the Patriarch” Desaix. But when the party ends in the death of one of Marco’s longtime friends, Gilbert, it turns into another day on the job for St. Denis's chief of police. All signs point to a tragic accident, but Bruno isn’t so sure, for there is more to the Desaix family's lives and loyalties than meets the eye. There’s Victor, the Patriarch’s son and Gilbert's sometimes rival, and Victor’s seductive wife, Madeleine, whose roving eye intrigues Bruno even more than her fierce political ambitions. Not to mention the Patriarch himself—did his postwar Soviet ties intersect too closely with Gilbert’s career in Cold War intelligence? As Bruno’s entanglement with the Desaix family becomes more complicated, his inquiries into Gilbert’s life will become a deadly threat to his own.

Fatal Pursuit

Fatal Pursuit
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-03-09
ISBN: 9781784294625
Category: Country life
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fatal Pursuit Book Excerpt:

The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic was called the most beautiful car of all time. Only four of them were ever built. A California museum paid $37 million for one; Ralph Lauren bought another; a third was smashed by a train at a level crossing. The fourth disappeared in France during World War 2. It was the car used by British racing ace William Grover Williams, twice winner of the French and Monaco Grand Prix, who became an undercover agent in Occupied France. Two young men, both racing drivers with a passion for antique cars, compete to find new clues as to the car's hiding place in the Perigord region of France where Bruno is the local chief of police. When a local researcher turns up dead on Bruno's patch, and French intelligence starts investigating the use of classic car sales to launder money for funding Islamic terrorism, Bruno finds himself once more caught up in a case that reaches far beyond his small town and its people.

A Chateau Under Siege

A Chateau Under Siege
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2023-08-29
ISBN: 0593319826
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Chateau Under Siege Book Excerpt:

When an actor in a local play is attacked during the performance, Bruno must learn whether it was an accident, a crime of passion—or an assassination attempt with implications far beyond the small French village. The town of Sarlat is staging a reenactment of its liberation from the British in the Hundred Years' War when the play’s French hero, Brice Kerquelin, is stabbed and feared fatally wounded. Bruno, in the audience, is told that the stricken man is number two in the French intelligence service, in line for the top job. Bruno is tasked with the safety of the victim’s old Silicon Valley buddies, ostensibly in town for a reunion, along with his daughter, Claire. As Bruno investigates, he learns that a Taiwanese member of the group, a leading figure in chip fabrication, is on the verge of an invaluable breakthrough, and the French government is involved. But powerful forces in Russia and China are determined to scuttle that arrangement. Wading through a tangle of rivalries and secrets, Bruno begins to parse out fact from fiction—while also embarking on an affair with Claire, and of course finding time to put together some splendid meals.

Black Diamond

Black Diamond
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Quercus Books
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2011
ISBN: 9781849161237
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Diamond Book Excerpt:

At the heart of French gastronomy lies the famed black truffle of the Périgord. But France's truffles are being adulterated with cheaper ones from China, and it seems that Chinese organised crime is behind the fraud. The third internationally bestselling case for Bruno, Chief of Police. In St Denis market, a Vietnamese family has been selling their dishes for years, until their stall is wrecked by attackers who look Chinese. Again it appears that organised crime is behind the outrage, firing the opening shots of a Viet-Chinese triad war. When vicious murder, illegal immigration and the importation of underage girls for prostitution are added to the mix, Bruno has his work cut out to keep St Denis from tearing itself apart.

The Dark Vineyard

The Dark Vineyard
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 303
Release: 2011-08-31
ISBN: 9781554682676
Category: Arson investigation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Vineyard Book Excerpt:

When a Californian wine mogul arrives in St. Denis with plans to buy half the valley and create a vast vineyard operation, Bruno, Chief of Police, feels his beloved town will be ruined. Then a body turns up in a vat of wine, and it seems someone is determined to stop the operation at any cost. It is up to Bruno to use his skills, tact and local knowledge to discover the truth.

A Taste for Vengeance

A Taste for Vengeance
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Bruno, Chief of Police Novel
Total Pages: 499
Release: 2018-12-26
ISBN: 9781432858384
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Taste for Vengeance Book Excerpt:

A missing woman, a shocking pregnancy, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: it's another case for Bruno, Chief of Police. When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in Bruno's usually idyllic Dordogne village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. And not long after Bruno discovers that Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irishman (her lover?), the two turn up dead. The Irishman's background in intelligence and his connection to Monica's husband only raise more questions for Bruno. Was she running away? How much does her husband really know? What's the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome's military past? Meanwhile, the star of the girls' rugby team, a favorite of Bruno's, is pregnant, putting at risk her chances of being named to the French national squad. Bruno's search for the truth in both cases leads him to places he hadn't intended to go--but, as ever, he and his friends take time to savor the natural delights of the Dordogne. Santé!

The Crowded Grave

The Crowded Grave
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2013-04-09
ISBN: 0307744647
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Crowded Grave Book Excerpt:

Another delightful installment in the internationally acclaimed series featuring Bruno, Chief of Police: It’s spring in the idyllic village of St. Denis, and for Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges that means lamb stews, bottles of his beloved Pomerol, morning walks with his hound, Gigi, and a new string of regional crimes and international capers. When a local archaeological team searching for Neanderthal remains turns up a corpse with a watch on its wrist and a bullet in its head, it’s up to Bruno to solve the case. But the task will not be easy, not with a meddlesome new magistrate, a series of attacks by animal rights activists on local foie gras producers, and a summit between France and Spain approaching—not to mention two beautiful, brilliant women vying for Bruno’s affections.

The Body in the Castle Well

The Body in the Castle Well
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019
ISBN: 052551998X
Category: FICTION
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Body in the Castle Well Book Excerpt:

An aging art scholar and a visiting student, haunting echoes of France's colonialist past, and a delicious navarin of lamb--Bruno is back, and his latest case leads him from the Renaissance to the French Resistance and beyond by way of a corpse at the bottom of a well. When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno's jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying, and then through that man's past. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed--or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death. In his younger days, Bourdeille had aided the Resistance and been arrested by a Vichy policeman whose own life story also becomes inexorably entangled with the case. Also in the mix is a young falconer who works at the Château des Milandes, the former home of fabled jazz singer Josephine Baker. In the end, of course, Bruno will tie all the loose threads together and see that justice is served--along with a generous helping of his signature Périgordian cuisine.

The Dying Season

The Dying Season
Author: Martin Walker
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2015-07-01
ISBN: 9781848664050
Category: Courrèges, Bruno (Fictitious character)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dying Season Book Excerpt:

The Dordogne town of St Denis may be picturesque and sleepy, but it has more than its fair share of mysteries, as Bruno, chef de police, knows all too well. But when Bruno is invited to the 90th birthday of a powerful local patriarch - a war hero with high-level political connections in France, Russia and Israel - he encounters a family with more secrets than even he had imagined. When one of the other guests is found dead the next morning and the family try to cover it up, Bruno knows it's his duty to prevent the victim from becoming just another skeleton in their closet. Even if his digging reveals things Bruno himself would rather keep buried. Meanwhile, very modern battles are being fought in St Denis between hunters defending their traditions and environmentalists protecting local wildlife. Neither side, it seems, is above the use of violent tactics. At the centre of it all, Bruno must use all his cunning and character to protect his community's future from its present - and its past.